What Is the Migrant Caravan and Why Does Trump Care? | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

Oct 18, 18
What Is the Migrant Caravan and Why Does Trump Care? | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

A caravan of migrants, nearly all of them Hondurans, is making its way north through Guatemala toward Mexico and the United States. It is the latest, and certainly the largest, iteration of a phenomenon that has occurred from time to time: big groups of Central Americans joining together to face the challenges of migration, their numbers providing security against the criminals that stalk the route north. But this one has drawn the ire of President Trump, who warned on Thursday that he would shut down the southwest border of the United States if Mexico did not halt the group. He also reiterated his threat that unless the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador stopped the caravan’s progress, he would suspend foreign aid to them. “I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught —” he posted on Twitter, “and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” And for good measure, perhaps with the midterm elections in mind, he took a shot at the Democratic Party, blaming it in part for the caravan of migrants. “Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border,” he wrote in another of a series of Twitter posts. “All Democrats fault for weak laws!” Here are answers to some questions about the migrant caravan that has upset Mr. Trump this week and inflamed political concerns throughout the region. What is the migrant caravan? The migrant caravan was formed late last week in San Pedro Sula, a city in northern Honduras known for high levels of violence. It originally numbered fewer than 200 people — in line with most past caravans. But as word spread, the mobilization quickly grew. By the time the group had crossed the border into Guatemala, its members traveling by foot and ve

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